SNL Star Pete Davidson to Star as Joey Ramone
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Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will star as Joey Ramone in the long awaited biopic, “I Slept With Joey Ramone,” set to air on Netflix.
The movie was announced yesterday (April 15) on the 20th anniversary of Ramone’s death at age 49 from lymphoma. The project, which is in pre-production, will chronicle Ramone’s life and times along with the often chaotic and comical career of the Ramones.
The script for the film is based on the memoir of Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh (pronounced Lee), with the new treatment written in collaboration with Davidson. The film will be made with the cooperation and support of the Estate of Joey Ramone and with the assistance of Rosegarten Films.
“When you share a bed with someone – and not just a bed, but a childhood, a family, and a lifetime – you know that person better than anybody else,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman STXfilms Motion Picture Group, said in a statement.. “Mickey Leigh not only collaborated with his big brother’s band – he has irreplaceable memories of and insights into Joey Ramone, having supported him when no one else would and witnessed him overcome adversity in the most dramatic way. I Slept with Joey Ramone is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family. Pete is perfect for this role and we’re excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life and thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix.”